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Hundreds march against fracking in Upton

Issue No. 2487

The camp before it was evicted

The camp before it was evicted (Pic: Flickr/Vertigogen)

Around 400 people marched against fracking in Upton, near Chester, last Saturday.

Bailiffs had evicted a protest camp on the planned drilling site on Duttons Lane.

Upton Labour councillor Matt Bryan was one of nine people arrested during the eviction. He called the march “a show of solidarity”.

Energy company IGas wants to drill there to explore for coal bed methane. But it has faced constant opposition since 2014.

Campaigners have vowed to fight on.

Meanwhile four activists from No Dash For Gas blockaded the entrance of Carrington power station, near Manchester, for several hours. It is currently under construction.

And anti-fracking protesters in South Wales were planning to protest this Saturday in Pontrhydyfen in the Afan Valley. The Labour-run Neath Port Talbot council has agreed to allow test-drilling in the valley.

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